Base Layer Clothing

Layering clothing is a way of managing your warmth and comfort by wearing several garments on top of each other where the layers fulfil different roles. Adding more or fewer layers allows for flexibility to match your clothing to your activity and the environment. Base layer clothing or "foundation" is the first layer you wear when multi layering and can be crucially important. It is designed to regulate your body temperature whatever the conditions.

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Base Layer Clothing

“Layering” clothing is a way of ensuring that you remain comfortable and able to perform during your activities, whatever the conditions, by wearing different items of clothing on top of each other.

Adding or removing layers allows you to adjust your clothing to match your needs as your situation changes. For instance, two thin layers may be both warmer and lighter than one thick layer, because the air trapped between layers adds to the insulation but you can also remove one layer if you get too hot.

Base layer clothing (or foundation) is the first layer you wear and can be crucially important as it regulates your body temperature.


Layering usually consists of at least 3 layers:

Base Layer

The base layer provides comfort by keeping the skin at the right temperature and dry. It is usually designed to draw sweat away from your skin to keep you warm, dry and more comfortable. This is often called “wicking” - moisture is moved away from your skin to where it can evaporate.

Base layer clothing is often made up of technical items such as compression undergarments designed for recovery or high intensity sports that hold you tightly compressed to increase blood flow, increase muscle support to help improve your sporting performance and recovery, or thermal base layers that simply keep you warm or cool. Base layer clothing is a critical component of your activity equipment.

In warm conditions, a quality base layer will “wick” moisture away from your skin where it evaporates quickly to help keep you cool and dry. In cold conditions, a thermal base layer will keep you warm and dry when the weather really closes in. 

Mid layer

The mid-layer provides insulation to keep you warm. You can use multiple thin layers depending on the conditions and adjust your temperature by adding or removing items. The mid layer should be more loose-fitting, allowing air between the layers that acts as insulation.

Outer layer

On the outside you may need an outer, or “shell”, layer to block wind and/or rain or provide protection. Ideally the shell layer should allow moisture out (it is “breathable” - sweat can evaporate), while not letting rain in.

At Action & Adventure we have a great range of value for money base layer clothing from great brands and retailers including base layer shorts and base layer tops..